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oct 20 2008

Dublin: Stay for cheap at a million dollar location

Trinity College, Dublin (Courtesy lyngj/Flickr)

If you are traveling to Dublin next summer, why not stay at beautiful and historic Trinity College? During the summer, the 400-year-old famous university rents out its rooms at rates starting at about $54 per person per night. Its location is terrific, a mere two-minute walk from the shopping and nightlife districts around Grafton Street and Temple Bar.

The college offers you the best parts of staying on a gorgeous campus with none of the rowdiness that you might associate with students. After midnight, only guests of Trinity are permitted through the gates, and the 24-hour security staff makes sure that the campus is safe, quiet, and clean. All rooms are cleaned daily as well as provided with new sheets and towels. I have stayed here twice, once for several months, and consider this one of the best experiences.

Behind the high walls surrounding the campus is an oasis of manicured fields, ivy-covered stone facades, and open courtyards. Located on the campus's cobbled streets is the Old Library exhibit dedicated to the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript written in 800 AD. In addition to history, the campus also has a coffee shop, pub and athletic facility. Guests are also entitled to the laundry services on the premises.

From the front gates of the college, visitors are within walking distance to the River Liffey (Dublin's main waterway), restaurants, nightlife, museums and St. Stephen's Green, a 22-acre park at the top of Grafton Street complete with perfect flowerbeds, trees and a lake. Trinity College's location is one to be envied.

Rooms start at 40 Euro (about $54) per person per night and can accommodate up to 8 people. The most basic rooms are typical dorm-style bedrooms with communal kitchens and showers. However, most rooms have their own bathrooms and access to kitchenette facilities. The superior suites have multiple bathrooms and a full kitchen (and charge about $97 a night). Prices include a continental breakfast served at the campus eatery.

For more info, please visit tcd.ie/accommodation/Visitors.

—Meagan Drillinger

WHAT TO DO IN DUBLIN

The Stags Head - A favorite local pub which features live, traditional Irish music sessions downstairs Thursday-Sunday nights.

Leo Burdock - Arguably the best fish'n'chips in Dublin.

National Museum of Ireland - One of Dublin's many free museums.

The National Library of Ireland - Catch an ongoing exhibit on the Life and Times of W.B. Yeats

Porterhouse Brewing Co. - A microbrewery with a full menu and live music. It attracts a younger crowd on the weekends for dancing.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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